Hypnosis Myths - Dispelling the fear of loss of control
“I don’t want anyone to control my mind”.
A hypnotised person is always in control and fully aware of themselves, fully aware of the environment and completely capable of making decisions. If ‘you’ the client is presented with an idea or suggestion you find objectionable in your daily life; rest assured you will object it in hypnosis. It can only accomplish the goals you set for yourself.
“Can I be made to do things against my will under hypnosis?”
Absolutely not: Only you can change your Personal Values; at Empowered Alchemy, we always ensure your personal values and beliefs remain intact during hypnosis.
With hypnosis, you simply allow yourself to enter into a state of heightened suggestion. At that point, you can 'reprogram' your thinking patterns. You're the active participant in this. If a hypnotist tries to tell you to do something that goes against your values, you'll naturally reject it and jump out of your trance-like state.
“What if there is an emergency?”
In the event of an emergency, the unconscious mind’s primary objective is to protect itself. In the event of a fire for example, ‘you’, the client would come out of hypnosis on your own, immediately and fully.
“Do Hypnotists have special powers?”
No they do not – This belief comes from Hollywood. What they do have is deep knowledge and experience to help induce an ‘Alpha’ state of relaxation, and deliver the optimal message of empowerment to your unconscious mind.
“Hypnosis only works on week minded people”
Wrong way round! It's actually proven that higher intelligence people and those who can follow instructions get the best results with hypnosis. People who are capable of concentrating and those who have active, vivid imaginations make the best hypnotic subjects.
“Can get stuck in a hypnotic trance and never wake up?”
Absolutely Not! You can absolutely never get stuck in any form of 'hypnotic trance'! There has never ever been a single recorded case of this. The state you reach during hypnosis is similar to that of daydreaming. You're just super-relaxed. You can 'wake up' again whenever you want to. Usually that will be at the end of the session, when guided to do so by the hypnotherapist.
"Hypnosis goes against my religion! This is the occult!"
Hypnosis doesn't go against any religion at all, and it isn't what some consider the "occult." Hypnosis is simply a safe and natural method of relaxing your mind, and feeding yourself with positive affirmations and ideas. Hypnosis is a branch of psychology, and has absolutely zero connection to any religion whatsoever.
"Hypnosis isn't really effective at changing anything!"
There have been countless studies that have proved the efficacy of hypnosis in a wide variety of settings. Hypnosis was approved for medical use in 1958 by the American Medical Association, and almost all modern hospitals now utilize hypnosis to some degree. It has a reported 90.6% success rate in stopping smoking. (The University of Washington School of Medicine.) It was found to be over 30 times more effective than regular weight loss routines. (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.) It was found to bring 'immediate' and 'significant relief' to 75% of women who used it to assist with their IBS symptoms, with 80% still reporting improvement up to six years later. (American Psychological Association.)